The tale of two labs

Computer labs on campus.




Robert Hinds



Two computer labs are on campus to help students search online, type papers or use some advanced graphics software.

The first is on the second floor of the College Center. Five scanners, laser printers that print in black and white or color, DVD burners and 78 internet-ready computers preloaded with the Microsoft office suite are prepared to help tackle students’ needs.

A newly-added feature is the ability to scan a document and print it through the computer. This allows the student to use the $10 printer stipend included with tuition, saving students from having to carry around change to make a photocopy.

Meagan Lucero, an assistant computer technician, believes that students should use the computer lab.

“It’s quiet place to study,” Lucero said.

For projects and assignments with graphical design needs, the Student Multimedia Center is open to assist students. In Room 132 of the Arts and Allied Health building, students have access to industry standard application suites, such as Adobe Master Collection.

The center’s physical tools of 16 PCs, three Macs and two scanners allow the transfer of any physical media such as slides, photo and film into digital media. Students have the option of copying the media to DVD or printing in color or black and white for out-of-lab use.

Workshops are presented throughout the quarter on topics such as basic Photoshop use. The full understanding of programs is not a requirement.

Staff in the lab are available to assist students with using the software and devices.

“If I know them (programs we can help). If not, we will find a way,” said Frank Gilliland, multimedia facilitator and graphic design major.

Both labs are open to all students but require student ID cards for computer use. The computer center in the College Center is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

The labs are subject to closure if booked to teach a class or a workshop.  The Student Multimedia Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

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The tale of two labs

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